Posted by grapeshisha at 3:05 PM
It paints a horrible scenario:
IT'S BEEN 6 MONTHS SINCE DUBAI WAS WIPED OFF THE MAP BY A CATACLYSMIC SANDSTORM. Once the world's most fantastical city, Dubai is now its most opulent ruin. Ravaged by cataclysmic sandstorms, THE CITY LIES BURIED, reclaimed by the desert. Abandoned, it has become a no-man's-land for refugees and outlaws. While most people fled the now-barren wasteland, U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad and the 33rd Infantry remained behind to PROTECT THOSE INCAPABLE OF ESCAPE. Unable to contact anyone in Dubai, the world believed KONRAD AND HIS TEAM DEAD, until they picked up a weak distress signal. As Captain Walker, you and your squad of Delta Operators INFILTRATE THE TRECHEROUS REGION to locate survivors. There, you and your men will experience madness - A world shattered by the failings of great men. You will face an enemy you were never trained to fight - Fellow soldiers prepared to accept the consequences of their actions. You will walk a line - That razor-thin edge separating your mission from your duty. THERE IS NO ESCAPE from Dubai. It is the end - of honor and duty - when the storm has stripped you to the bone and ONLY THE LINE REMAINS
Looks like there is still construction going on! and you can see more about the Fall of Dubai at the spec ops site, but it is gruesome.
The game is called Spec Ops: The Line (for those into this kinda stuff) - and it's on xbox360
More at http://www.specopstheline.com/us/#info - but it is gruesome, even though it is a game. You have been warned.
Posted by grapeshisha at 1:06 PM
Let's look at Bing first:
It's fairly simple, but you see their new edition with satellite imagery and it's a little more impressive:
Yes, it's more than impressive.
We have the official map from the Dubai Government:
- clear, fun and simple.
The Open Street Map does what it was supposed to do:
and it's not bad considering it is open sourced!
The Google maps range from amusing to great. This first one, pitches Burj Khalifa in a warped way, not really as a the tallest image in the world:
But the mapping it pretty damn good and it's what you're used to. And it gets better with its openGL version:
You can see that the Burj has grown somewhat. But the Google Earth version is pretty damn amazing:
if you have google earth, you can even fly in...almost.
But the reality looks even more amazing if you look at GeoEye's satelllite photo:
And you can see that the reality from closer up is very similar with this photo from Stephanie Compoint
as these two also show:
And it's also interesting looking at the original plan of the Burj Khalifa (then named Burj Dubai)
and from Emaar's brochures:
For map geeks, it's an interesting time - we look forward to see if the Burj Khalifa will appear on Apple Maps on ios6 - and indeed whether anyone else steps into the mapping game.
With global connectivity increasing at pace, in a few years, you may not even need a physical map. But in the mean time, we can still dream.
Burj Khalifa - At the top
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Posted by grapeshisha at 4:44 PM
A housemaid accused of putting urine in a family’s tea did it because a friend said it would make the employers like her, Dubai Court of Misdemeanours was told.
Posted by grapeshisha at 7:15 PM
It is an ingenious idea and wondering why it hasn't been done before. And, let's be honest, this is perfect for Dubai. For expats, for local Emirati - and no doubt for the tourists - this will be a great place for the girls to come while the dad's play a round of golf. Based in Jumeirah, it is near Mercato Mall in Town Centre Jumeirah.Contact them on +97143449598
Congratulations to Fatima Sharaf on orchestrating such a place and getting a great concept to market.
And here is the official spiel:
The world's first ever, Hello Kitty Beauty Spa set to open at Town Centre Jumeirah; it is the first character-branded Spa in the Middle East. Destined to appeal to a high end and leisure clientele alike, Hello Kitty Beauty Spa is poised to transform the face of beauty and pampering. The Beauty Spa is themed and designed on the famous Japanese character 'Hello Kitty' and specially designed for 'Queens' and their little 'Princesses' who demand nothing less than posh pampering.
This lofty and luxurious Beauty Spa headed by Fatima Sharaf, Director of the Sharaf Retail, is a fantasy world for any girl regardless of her age. Her concept states that the Hello Kitty Beauty Spa is an innovative extension to the brand which allows a younger audience to experience the luxury and pleasures of a day at the Beauty Spa, within an environment that represents the brand.
Hello Kitty Beauty Spa set up has been designed keeping in mind the 'vintage girly look'. Upon entering the minimalist reception with a display of all the best Hello Kitty goodies, area features classy white chairs with background of Hello Kitty face outline; the large red silk bow in the background just takes your breath away. With privacy as an important factor, beautiful white drapes divide the reception area from the service floor. Kitty Café is the cutest thing you see as soon as you enter the spa; a little corner has been dedicated to the café which serves Hello Kitty cup cakes, cookies, fresh juices and flavored teas. Organic cupcakes are also available at the Kitty Café for organic food lovers.
The furniture of the Beauty Spa has been designed according to the spa theme, which is vintage chic. The chairs and couches are all classic white and pink, with Hello Kitty branding wherever possible. The touch of velvet hot pink and frilly fabric lamp shades just add the right amount of glamour in the set up. The party area of the beauty spa is combined with the make-up and styling area, it has a complete fairy tale like look, with a round pink couch and a display of Hello Kitty goodies around the area.
Hello Kitty Beauty Spa services include nails, facials, hair and make-up. The Beauty Spa offers a separate service menu for 'Queen' and 'Princesses', offering all organic nail and beauty products for young girls. Hello Kitty Beauty Spa menu also includes beauty packages for an all-day posh pampering experience. Complementing this habitat of creativity are the stylists and therapists. Each having extensive background and proven track record in their field, they continue to research and practice new styles and technicalities in hair, nails and styling.
Hello Kitty Beauty Spa Dubai
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spotted from Saudi Arabia News
Saudi Got Talent has no women or music
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